Billy Graham for May 25, 2013: God's judgment is certain: Satan will never triumph

May 25, 2013 

Q: Why does the devil keep fighting against God? Hasn't he figured out that he's going to be defeated someday, so why does he bother? Or is the "devil" just a symbol for evil, so that what we call "the devil" isn't actually real? -- T.N.

A: I can assure youthat the devil is real;he isn't an imaginary figure or just a symbol for evil.

Evil is real, and so isSatan, for ultimately all evil can be traced back to him.

Why does the devil keep on fighting, inspite of the fact thatthe Bible says he's a defeated foe whose power will someday be destroyed?

One reason is because he doesn't really believe what God says.

In fact, the very first question in the Biblecame from the devil,who denied what Godhad told Adam and Eve and declared insteadthat God had lied tothem (see Genesis 3:1-4).

Satan's very natureis to lie and distort the truth, and apparentlyhe thinks God does the same.

But he is wrong.

There may be another reason why the devil keeps fighting, and that is because he does gain victories.

Whenever someone gives in to temptation,Satan has gained a vic-tory.

Whenever someone rejects Christ and turns their back on God, Satan has gained a victory.

Don't let this be true in your life!

Instead, make sure of your commitment to Christ by repenting of your sins and giving your life to Him today.

Satan, however, isa defeated foe, forsomeday God willintervene, all evil willbe destroyed, and Christ will reign forever and ever.

God's judgment iscertain: "Depart fromme, you who are cursed, into the eternal fireprepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41).

Send your queries to "My Answer," c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 877-2-GRAHAM, or visit the website for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: www.billygraham.org.

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